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Textile’s Unfashionable Side

By December 16, 2020Textiles

How can you not be delighted by these colors and the quirky M&Ms!!? The colorful textiles unwanted by one seamstress are now being creatively transformed into a child’s quilt by another seamstress. 

Reusing material helps alleviate the environmental impacts hovering over each step of textiles’ lifecycle.  Cotton is grown with heavy pesticides and synthetic fabrics are created using crude oil. Washing synthetic clothing releases microplastics into our waterways. Discarded textiles in landfills create greenhouse gasses and toxins that seep into our soil and water.  Textiles have become the second largest waste stream into landfills as a result of fast fashion, irresponsible purchasing habits, and over-consumption.  In 2018 alone, 17,000 million tons of textiles were generated and more than 11,000 million tons wound up in landfills! 

This year, ScrapsKC has diverted close to 15 tons of textile waste from community members, businesses and manufacturers. These textiles find a new home through our customers to curb the amount of new waste into our community or are diverted to a recycler who creates a new and necessary product from the textiles.

On Friday, find out where this adorable quilt will be headed and whose life it will impact.

To find out more about our environmental work, visit our Facebook page.